Footprint painting in the garden is one of the girls’ favourite things to do on a hot sunny day. Standing barefoot in trays of coloured paint, walking across lining paper and then washing off in the paddling pool afterwards is so much fun. Whilst the paddling pool has been well and truly packed away, I saw no reason why we couldn’t adapt this activity and have just as much fun creating footprint painting outdoors in the colder weather too.
The basic set-up was exactly the same – lining paper on the ground and a tray of paint. I decided to go for autumn colours – red, yellow and orange. This time, instead of creating footprints, we were creating welly boot prints instead and seeing the patterns created from this. Both the girls enjoyed stepping into the paint and walking up and down on the lining paper to make prints.
Once they’d created a few welly boot prints, they decided to try using other objects to make shapes on the paper. Jessica enjoyed using leaves – mostly as paintbrushes rather than trying to make definite prints whereas Sophie seemed to prefer rock prints instead. Naturally there were also a few handprints and some finger painting as well as some painting using sticks.
We used washable paint which came off the girls’ clothes and boots easily and the girls had a lot of fun doing some outdoor painting. It’s certainly an outdoor activity that we’ll be trying again if we get a dry enough day!